Category Archives: Heat Wave

A Final Peek Under The Hoops

Time to take the plastic off. This pic shows kale on the left side.  My notes read 'Vates Kale', but I didn't note the seed vender.  I like this kale.  A few carrots are in the very front right side.  The empty space after the carrots is where spinach was planted.  Under all 3 of my hoops this past winter, I had a real problem with aphids.  They, of course, never freeze out under the hoops - nothing freezes under the hoop.  A bit further back, with the red stems, are Detroit beets.  I don't Read more [...]

One More ‘Return from Death’ Story, Basil This Time

I let basil growing in my smallest raised bed dry out during the heat of the summer.  The box didn't have much organic matter in the soil, just mostly sand.  As such, nothing in that bed grew very well.  OK, the plants dried out, leaves dropped off and all that was left was the stems.   A week of rain came.  The basil recovered.  You can see the brown stems and green shoots growing out from 2 sides of the old branch.  Look at all those beautiful green leaves - they went into several batches Read more [...]

Stunted Squash Plants

This spring, with the new garden not being finished on time, I planted my crops at least a month late, and some plants, like this zucchini, were planted weeks later.    The zucchini that I planted 'only' a month late grew into very large, healthy plants.  This even later zuch, along with all the yellow summer squash that I planted even later, never fully grew.   Interestingly, all of these super-late squash were stunted.   This 8 Ball did grow big enough to produce at least one fruit.  Look Read more [...]

A Few Harvest Pics From the Abundance of June

Beautiful garden peppers: A few 8 Ball zucchini, Obsisian zucchini, yellow crook neck squash and some peppers: A bucket full of peppers, squash and cucumbers, all in a day's pickings: Read more [...]

Morning Glories Are Indeed Glorious

Originally published winter 2011 These are Clark's Heavenly Blue heirloom morning glories. I planted these in early spring. They grow like crazy in the cooler spring weather, quickly flowering. Once the real summer weather kicks in - daytime highs in the 90s plus, they stop flowering. I waited some of June, all of July, August and September for the 'cooler' fall weather - all the while the morning glory vines grew, however there was not a single blue flower. Once the days 'cooled' to the upper Read more [...]

A Pitiful Partial Harvest Of Winter Squash

Originally published late summer 2011 Here is a sample of 4 different squash.  The green one in the back ground is Butternut Rugoso Violino Gloria (c. moschata).  The larger one to the left might be a deformed Long Island Cheese (C. moschata).  The medium tan squash in the front middle is probably an Upper Ground Sweet Potato (c. moschata). They are scattered around the remains of the garden - the vines are 20 to 30 feet.  The tiny tan squash is the good, faithful Waltham Buttenut (c. moschata).  Read more [...]

Spider Mites Made Worse By Excessive Heat

Originally published in late Summer of 2011 Spider mites have decimated the garden.  They started in the tomatoes.  (White flies were also a problem in tomatoes this year).  They spread to the squash and watermelons - but were harder on the watermelons.  Or, it could have been a virus that made those tomato leaves yellow speckled, then spread to the watermelons next to it.  Doesn't matter now, all vegetative matter is dead or almost dead.  Spider mites are also on the Sweet Potatoes is the Read more [...]

Rattlesnake Pole Beans

Originally published Summer 2011 I have found that rattlesnake pole beans seem to thrive the best in my garden environment.  They grow the fastest and mature the fastest.  I usually grow them for dry beans.  The pod has purple streaks running it's length, so it doesn't have the edible appeal that a plain old green bean does. They grow fast and produce prolifically.  When the summer drought hits, they slow down, but still grow.  When we get an occasional heavy summer rain, they go into another Read more [...]